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The best Northwest nonfiction of 2016

Here’s my mossy list of the year’s best reads in Northwest nonfiction, with an emphasis on, surprise, history. Looking for Betty MacDonald by Paula Becker…

Courts rule on future of Pioneer Square, Olympic National Park

Two recent legal decisions have notched significant wins for heritage and historic preservation in both wild and urban settings in the Pacific Northwest. One will…

Robots: How long until they run this town?

The possibility that robots might one day run our lives has long been a fantasy and a fear. As a forward-looking tech-obsessed city, it should…

The strange case of the Northwest’s Native American Nazi

He was a Native American from Oregon who called himself “Chief Red Cloud,” and he cut an impressive figure. In the late 1930s, he appeared…

Why Seattle can’t let go of the past

The media is full of stories bemoaning change in Seattle. Old cafes closing, landmarks demolished, efforts to save legacy businesses like that dive bar down…

Underfoot at Pike Place: Big names and oddball history

Pike Place Market is familiar to us all, yet full of surprises. According to the Market’s last annual report, the Market Foundation served 59,000 meals…

How fascism crept into America

Since the presidential election Nov. 8, there has been much discussion of the “f” word, as President-elect Donald Trump and some of his advisors and…

Portland has what Seattle lost

For a Seattleite, entering Oregon is like visiting a foreign country. It’s familiar, but an alternate reality. Here we pump our own gas, in Oregon…

How animals have shaped Seattle. And still do.

Animals have played enormous roles in shaping of modern cities, though few of us stop to think about it. Take Boston, which was developed around…

Cascadia: A sanctuary for those terrorized by Trump

While Mayor Ed Murray talks about Seattle as a “sanctuary city” for immigrants, we Northwesterners might want to expand the reach of this idea to…

Seven true-blue ways to survive Trump

Many of us are still trying to process what to do as Donald Trump prepares to take over all branches of the federal government. We…

After a brutal election night, a thread of hope for the Northwest

My editor asked me to write a column giving the view from 10,000 feet. I better not do it. I might jump. For progressives in…

D.C. wants to steal our state’s name. They can have it

In an advisory vote Tuesday, the people of Washington, D.C. will decide whether to drop the name New Columbia from their statehood push. Their new…

Trump: Making radical right wingers relevant again

A Toyota Tacoma sporting a large swastika and a “Jew Lies Matter” slogan has been zipping up and down I-5 this fall. It’s been getting…

Oregon militia verdict feeds the politics of extremism

Whatever the outcome of the presidential election of 2016, America is and will remain divided. One candidate has refused to say whether he’ll abide by…